[ Metabody Conference 2 ] Metabody – Philosophy of the Post- Trans- and Meta-Humanity
Andrea Davidson [University of Chichester]
»The Metabody as Sensual Experience«
The focus of my practical and theoretical research concerns dance and new media and specifically, digital choreographic models which follow new aesthetic paradigms affecting representation, enunciation, narratology, composition, and reception. Amongst these paradigms, it situates the primary role and impact of the computer as a metamedium; mediation as a form of non-matrixed representation and new strategy of performativity; new media as digital "stages" that highlight perceptual experience and spectatorial participation; and digital logic as introducing new modes of composition based on principles of automation, hypermediality, intermediality, modularity, generativity, interfacing, and interactivity.
The lecture proposes a brief overview of a spectrum of digital platforms ranging from audiovisual projections in performance to "intelligent" stages, interactive installations, immersive sensory environments, networked performances, and wearable technologies, proposing to consider these interfaces as new viewing/sensing devices. It argues that form, content, meaning, and reception are not only intimately linked under the notion of "device", but further, that in encapsulating and embodying a concept, instrument of perception, and discursive mode, devices reveal perspective as a new form of dramaturgy and artistic parameter.
From this theoretical framework, I examine the relevance of Isabelle Choiniere's latest creation within a broader context of the Metabody. Highlighting the ways an artistic practice involving technology and grounding in a somatic understanding of the body can express and communicate the sensual body, the lecture further examines how and why the particular perspective the work generates as a viewing/sensing device can be considered as confrontational for some, or a pure aesthetic experience for others. In particular, questions of field, territory, relationship, resonance, texture, perception and the gaze will be addressed.
Friday 15th of November 2013
Festspielhaus Hellerau, Großer Saal
during CYNETART Festival